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A serious, unexpected and related or possibly related adverse event (SAE) is an event that has occurred to a research participant in a study under the jurisdiction of the Unity Health Toronto Research Ethics Board (REB) .
An unanticipated problem (UP) is any incident, experience, outcome that meets all the following criteria: unexpected in relation to the research and/or patient population and related or possibly related to participation in the research and points to increased risk/harm to the research participant.
All external serious adverse events or unanticipated problem must be reported to the REB within 7 days of the study team’s awareness of the event/report or within 3 days if fatal or life threatening.
Not sure if you need to submit a report to the REB? Use the quick reference tool for reporting SAEs / UPs.
For more details, read the guidelines for reporting serious adverse events / unanticipated problems.